- Anne Hanley, Destination expert
The Palladio looks out over the lagoon, past the domes of Santa Maria della Salute towards St Mark’s from the Giudecca island – a lovely, artsy bit of Venice with a relaxed residential feel to it… but a boat ride from the city’s main sights. A free shuttle to sister hotels in the centro operates until midnight, and the Zitelle vaporetto stop is close by.
Style & character
This 16th-century convent – designed by the great architect Palladio – still has something rather hushed about its high-ceilinged public spaces and echoing inner cloister-courtyard. Of course, the five-star decor gracing it today is a far cry from its spartan past but the overall feeling is more introspective than warm and welcoming.
Service & facilities
The Palladio’s spa offers a wide range of steam, massage and other treatments for guests both here and at the Bauer group’s other hotels, and for non-residents. The view through the water-level window in the post-treatment relax room is superb. Prices are steep. Perhaps the greatest selling point of the hotel, the garden stretching behind – one of the largest private gardens in the city – a lush haven coolly landscaped with mainly white-flowered varieties. Staff is discreet and professional rather than welcoming.
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With views either over the lagoon towards St Mark’s or over the hotel’s beautiful garden, the 50 rooms and suites in the main Palladio building are done out in rather heavy mahogany furniture and some lovely Rubelli fabrics. They’re classic-smart, and most are very spacious by Venetian standards, but tea- or coffee-making facilities would lend them a more homely feel. Bathrooms are modern and well appointed. Across the garden, the Conventino annexe’s 29 rooms and suites are rather more contemporary, with an Oriental edge to the décor.
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Food & drink
A good, though not exceptional, breakfast is served in a lofty dining room or – even better – out on a patio in the beautiful garden when the weather permits. The hotel’s L’Ulivo restaurant prides itself on using fresh, super-local ingredients, but it doesn’t match up to the De Pisis restaurant across the water at the Bauer group’s mothership Il Palazzo. There’s a bar too.
Value for money
Double rooms from about €275 in low season; rising to about €360 in high. Breakfast included in some rates. Free Wi-Fi.
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